ANR

  • A colorful field of tulips in bloom.

    Dark mornings and evenings and colder temperatures at night let us know that winter is on the way. It may seem paradoxical, but October to December is the time to plant spring-flowering bulbs. That’s because most types of spring-flowering bulbs need 3-4 months of cold to stimulate those cheerful flowers to bloom. Where to plant…

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  • A garden mostly covered by a fabric dome to prevent cooler weather from harming plants.

    Floating row covers and low hoop houses can extend the gardening season later into the fall and can help gardeners get a head start on early spring plantings. They work by capturing ground heat and keeping it around the plants under the covering. These temporary structures can increase the temperature inside the hoop house by…

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  • A heavily fogged rural road, bordered on each side by tall evergreen trees.

    Some recent headlines caught my attention, and as September is National Preparedness Month, I thought I would revisit them in the context of emergency preparedness and prevention. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month is a campaign to raise awareness of potential emergencies and disasters and encourage people to take actions…

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  • Hazardous Trees

    A stand of trees without leaves.

    What makes a tree hazardous? In forest and natural environments, dying trees drop limbs, fall or collapse, and continue to contribute to the ecosystem. In settings where people are present, however, falling limbs and trees can cause injury, death, damage, and economic loss. If a failing tree or part of that tree is likely fall…

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  • A ground level image of a single-car garage door and some well-maintained lawn. Sitting on the lawn is a broadcast spreader.

    Heather N. Kolich, ANR Agent, UGA Extension Forsyth County While autumn is still a few weeks away, proper care in late summer and early fall helps your bermudagrass, centipedegrass, or zoysiagrass lawn enter dormancy at the appropriate time, protects against cold injury, prevents winter weeds, and reduces disease problems during spring green-up. Stop applying nitrogen.…

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  • An extreme close up of the non-native yellow-legged hornet

    The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) have confirmed the discovery of a yellow-legged hornet in Georgia for the first time. This is the first detection of live yellow-legged hornets in the open United States. GDA, USDA and…

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  • A closeup image of a dandelion full of white fluff.

    Weeds are the number one pest for agricultural production. The development of the herbicide 2,4-D in the 1940s simultaneously reduced the need for physical labor and increased crop yields. Fast-forward to today, and 2,4-D is still a staple for controlling broadleaf weeds, but many other herbicides are available for agricultural and home lawn and landscape…

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  • A large yellow butterfly promoting GSePC.org

    Heather N. Kolich, ANR Agent, UGA Extension Forsyth County On August 18th and 19th, community members across Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina will count pollinators as part of the fifth annual Great Southeast Pollinator Census (https://GSePC.org). In the past three years, over 23,000 census counts were submitted and over 333,000 insects were counted. Since…

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  • A deer walking across a road, cars parked on both sides, a mountain in the distance.

    Despite clear weather, I didn’t need sunglasses to drive to work this week. People are contacting the Extension office for information on fall gardening. School started. Just six weeks into summer, the days are still hot, but fall is in the air. Summer solstice is the day each year when we experience the longest amount…

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  • A large field surrounded by trees. Everything is covered with invasive kudzu.

    Georgia has several problematic invasive plants, but kudzu seems to get the most attention. The vine is highly visible, covering banks, trees, and abandoned houses, whether you’re driving in the country or around town. The spread of kudzu has been an ecological concern in the southeastern U.S. for several decades.

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